Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What.We.Wore.Wednesday {Sophia + Red, White & Diamonds}

What.We.Wore.Wednesday {Sophia + Red, White, & Diamonds}



 

Sophia's Outfit Details:
Sandals: Children's Place (on sale)

Our BBQ Wear





If you follow me via Instagram & Facebook, I asked you to share your Memorial Day wear by tagging us using #redwhiteanddiamonds.
 
Thank you to Timmy, Connor, and Patrick who showed
their USA pride!


Thank you to those who served and continue to serve our county<3

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What.We.Wore.Wednesday {mama + baby}

 What.We.Wore.Wednesday {Momma + Baby Comfort Clothes}




 






  

If you follow me on Instagram, (Heather Nickola) you may have noticed I've been wearing my royal blue maxi dress A LOT recently (I actually have two in royal blue).  I can't help it- I LOVE maxi dresses.  They are so comfortable and you can dress them up/down.  I tried this look with my chambray shirt and belt this past weekend and loved it!!  Figured you may like it, too!!

Sophia's jersey dress is one of my favorite buys from Old Navy.  She has two of these and I would buy more if they had them in her size.  They were on sale yesterday for  $6.00! They are so simple to put on and so light!  If you have a baby girl- I would def. stock up on these!!  Oh, and she loves these sunglasses!  My lil fashionista!

During these warm days, both mama and baby 
need comfy dresses!  
What are your comfy clothes for the Spring and Summer seasons?

My Outfit Details:
Chambray shirt: Kohl's
Belt: Target (on sale) similar here
Maxi Dress: Mom's Closet :)
Sandals: Target
Watch: MK
Bracelets: J.Crew Factory and Everyday Icing Accessories
Ring and Bib Necklace: Premier Designs

Sophia's Outfit:
Dress: Old Navy
Sandals: Children's Place (on sale)
Sunglasses: Gift





Saturday, May 18, 2013

Switching over...{organic foods}

{Making the "Switch"}
 
If you follow me on Facebook, you've noticed I had a discussion this past week about "Organic vs. Non-Organic" foods.   Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts and made comments- I learned so much from your posts!

I honestly never gave this topic much thought until recently.

A mommy friend recently told me she is making "the switch" over to non-organic foods.  She has two boys, ages three and one, and said, "I want to give my kids a chance at the healthiest life possible."

After hearing that, I decided to do some "mama" research; what is the difference between organic vs. non-organic foods? 

My conclusion?

I'm going to switch over to organic milk, meats, and the fruits and vegetables on the "Dirty Dozen" list.

Why? 

Scientists have shown that children age 5 and under ingest an average of eight pesticides each day. And young children, whose internal organs and systems are developing rapidly, are particularly vulnerable to pesticides' harmful effects.

Pesticides are designed to kill insects, fungus, bacteria and other things that feed on crops.

Children seem to be greatly susceptible to the toxic effects of pesticides. The Natural Resource Defense Council has collected data which recorded higher incidence of childhood leukemia, brain cancer and birth defects. These results correlated with early exposure to pesticides.  <--- This one got me!

As being a mom, you want to protect your children from anything/everything that can ever harm them.  Who on earth would have thought some foods could possibly cause or contribute to diseases or even cancers?

Since milk is a big part of Sophia's diet, I figured I'd start there.  

Here's one reason why I am switching to organic milk:

Non-organic cows are often given rBGH, (recombinant bovine somatotropin or rBST) to increase milk production.  However, rBGH  makes these cows more sickly, causing mastitis (inflammation of the udders, often caused by infection). And it's not just cows that are getting sick: rBGH has also been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer in humans. It has been banned in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the entire European Union -- many are calling for a U.S. ban on rBGH, too. 

Plus, Sophia's "on call" doctor said that even though there is not any "concrete" scientific research, he gives his four daughters organic milk. 
 

Need I say more?

Organic Meats: 

Non-organic animals might receive medications to prevent disease as well as hormone injections to increase their size and growth rate.  These animals are usually kept in small feedlots/cages; they typically do not roam outdoors in open fields.  Depression, pituitary tumors or even Parkinson’s (to name a few) are related to the hormones injected in these animals.

Fruits/Veggies:


Dirty Dozen List

 "...Estimated that individuals can reduce their exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying these 12 foods."

I do know that organic products are more expensive but if they are going to keep my family healthy, it's worth every penny!



I have this beautiful and healthy little girl, I need to make sure she stays exactly that way.



Please comment and share your organic resources, tips, recipes, etc!   Sophia and I greatly appreciate it :)



Sources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/158997-organic-vs-non-organic-meat/#ixzz2TbtHiaP3 http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/effects-of-pesticides/
http://greenliving.about.com/od/greenshopping/a/Organic-Milk.htm
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=ORGANIC_CERTIFICATIO

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What.We.Wore.Wednesday {Mother's Day Lovin'}

What.We.Wore.Wednesday {Mother's Day+ Orange + Navy}
I had a wonderful Mother's Day.
  We had brunch in the morning with family and then we just relaxed for most of the day. 
As you can tell, I had no luck finding any peplum dress/skirt (mission failed) but instead, I found something that flattered my body type.  Plus, I love the design!
 I absolutely adore Sophia's dress.  I didn't even realize after I purchased my dress that hers matched so well!  I was trying so hard to find navy blue shoes but nothing "wowed" me.  Instead, my blue accents were on my nails!!  Don't forget- that's a great way to tie
 in colors!!

How else do you tie in colors?

My Outfit Details:
Dress: JCP (on sale) similar here
Denim Jacket: Kohl's
Bracelets: J.Crew Factory (on sale), Stella and Dot Inspired "Renegade Cluster" from Groop Dealz
Watch: MK
Gold Ring: Premier Designs
Wedges: Marshalls
Sunglasses: Fossil

Sophia's Outfit Details:
Dress: Baby Gap (gift)
Denim Jacket: Children's Place
Sandals: Carter's (gift)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sweetest. Moment. Ever.

{Moments to Cherish}



It happened on Thursday.

When I walked into Sophia's daycare to pick her up, she saw me and squealed with delight! Her daycare providers, another mommy and I couldn't help but laugh at her excitement. 

She then walked (yes, she's now walking!!) over to me while using her arms to help keep balance. Don't babies look so cute when they are first start to walk?!

I was crouched down with my arms opened when she ran into them.   I picked her up, hugged her and received a hug in-return! She started  hugging this week, too.

After our moment of hugginess, I went to give her a kiss.

But, then she grabbed my face with both hands, pressed her lips upon mine, then smacked her lips to make a "smooch" sound.

She just gave me a kiss!  Oh.my.god!

Holding back the tears- I hugged her again and told her how much I loved her.

Words can not express the whirlwind emotions I felt during this moment that I will now cherish forever.  Thinking about it still brings tears to my eyes and makes my heart smile. 
Moments like this is what being a mom is all about.  Moments that will make you smile, make you cry, make you want to pull your hair out, make you think "what the heck am I doing?" and make you say,"I'll do it 1,000 times over again in a heartbeat."

I want to wish all you mamas, mamas-to-be, and the mamas at heart a very special Mother's Day.

I hope it's one of your most sweetest moments that you will cherish, forever.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dj+Jordan {Baby Girl}

What.We.Wore.Wednesday {DJ Lovin' + Jordan Wearing Girl}


This post is a little dedication to Sophia's favorite DJ, her daddy!
How stinkin' cute are her Jordans? 
 I am in love with them and I think they help her with her walking!  

Sophia's Outfit Details:
Shirt: Baby Gap (gift)
Pants: Old Navy
Jordans: Gift
  

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sophia's Photographers

{Photographers}

I have received quite a few inquires about the photographers we use for Sophia's professional photos.   We've worked with three photographers as of now and all of them are wonderful.  They all have their own unique style and take much pride in their craft. 

Here is some of their work along with their contact information:


Christine Studios
Christine Studios's lead photographer is the talented and humorous, Gary Cirlin.   Christine Studios services include weddings and specialized portraits.  Here are a few pictures of my maternity session and Sophia's seven month/family photo shoot.








 For more maternity photos, check out my maternity photo post




















EID Photography:
  Elissa Davidson is super sweet and great with children!  She is a lifestyle photographer specializing in portriats, family, engagement, seniors, events, and also maternity through first year.  We used her for our holiday photos as well as Sophia's Born to Wear Diamonds Birthday party!





I'm still working on Sophia's birthday post..stay tuned!
















Katie Lewin Photography
Lastly, we had two mini sessions with Katie Lewin Photography for Sophia's first birthday photos and family photo shoot. Katie's work is breathtaking as she specializes in
maternity, newborn, and family photography.  
Facebook
Blog

  To see more pictures of this session, 
visit Sophia's First Birthday Post.













All of these photographers are located in the Hudson Valley area and are highly recommended by Sophia, Andrew, and I.  Feel free to contact them if you are interested in their photography services.  Please be sure to tell them we sent them your way :)